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The Rag Tree · 4W ago

Tablet 11 & Other News

* The fast and furious transformation that has overtaken RT since his mother’s death continues apace. He will start by mentioning that he has recently bought his first smartphone. That’s rig...
The Rag Tree · 2M ago

three shorts #3

A little while back, RT fell on a concrete patio and fractured a rib. These things, painful as they are, can focus our energies and get us moving again. They can also drive us a little crazy...
The Rag Tree · 3M ago

Du Fu, Winding River 1

• Introspection has not been much in vogue for, well, the last four or five centuries, at least in the West, anyway. The man of thought has become the man of action, the one who changes the ...
The Rag Tree · 5M ago

Amulet–A Poem

• Poems have a shaggy-dog quality; RT never knows just what may show up at his front door next. This particular inspiration began to emerge shortly after a manuscript discussion group featur...
The Rag Tree · 5M ago

Hillary Clinton: Policy Wonk and Reluctant Revolutionary

• RT was 26 when this photograph was taken; Ronald Reagan was 76; Nancy Reagan, 65; Bill Clinton, 40; Hillary Clinton, 39. Wikipedia reports: In 1900, non-Hispanic whites comprised almost 97...
The Rag Tree · 5M ago

Sioux Warriors: The Long Struggle

  • Halloween, the Day the Dead Walk; RT has been dealing with some ghosts of his own as we approach the end of the Celtic year, which may explain why out of the blue he checked out Larry Mc...
The Rag Tree · 7M ago

Kameda Bosai, Old Trees

* RT has been resolutely ignoring his creative impulses (such as they were) in the face of the many tasks (not the least of which is grieving) that have followed on his mother’s death. Resol...
The Rag Tree · 8M ago

Still in the Game–Three Shorts

§ RT has bursitis in his left hip. It’s an occupational hazard for those over 50, and he is treating it with ice and exercise. Unfortunately, he hasn’t found a chair that doesn’t contribute ...
The Rag Tree · 9M ago

Walking and the Deep Well of Memory

¶ Glanum? Ambrussum? Vaison-la-Romaine? Somewhere in Provence, in any case. RT has a distant but distinct memory of seeing an ancient Greek city while on vacation back in the mid-1970s. The ...
The Rag Tree · 9M ago

Sifaka!

• In the midst of a serious life transition, RT takes time out for a bit of beautiful whimsy from Madagascar… * Photo: Sifakas are especially adapted to… Neal Strickland. WikiCmns. CC BY 2.0...